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October 16, 2021

Golf course management company reports $125K in profit
The management firm operating Northwood Golf Club had positive numbers to share with members of the Rhinelander City Council Oct. 6, as part of a 2022 budget workshop session held in the Whipsaw Bar and Grill, but the reviews were mixed and a decision as to whether the city should continue its relationship with Green Golf Partners is looming. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Master weeders
Members of the Master Gardeners of the Northwoods have started preparing the garden beds in downtown Rhinelander for the coming winter. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Crescent mask requirement extended one week
The School District of Rhinelander has extended the mask requirement for students and staff at Crescent Elementary School for one more week. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Governor's office confirms Anderson requisition warrant has been sent to Illinois
The office of Gov. Tony Evers has confirmed the governor has signed a requisition warrant requesting the State of Illinois effectuate the transfer of Christopher Terrell Anderson to Oneida County to stand trial for the murder of his former girlfriend. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal plane crash
Late last week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the Sept. 28 plane crash in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that took the lives of three people. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Democrats, Republicans open fire at Gableman
Both Republican and Democratic elected officials this past week blasted the election investigation being conducted by former Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, with one party saying the investigation into potential election improprieties last November went too far and the other saying Gableman had not gone far enough. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 15, 2021

Nicolet breaks ground on new building to house college's public safety department
Nicolet College broke ground this summer on a new Public Safety building that will both expand and improve training opportunities for individuals dedicated to providing protective and emergency services.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Police and fire commission names finalists for fire chief position
After interviewing five candidates for the position of Rhinelander Fire Chief in two closed sessions last week, the city's police and fire commission (PFC) has selected two finalists. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Burnt dinner
The Rhinelander Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in an apartment located at the intersection of Mason and Fremont streets just after 5:20 p.m. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Former alderperson files claim over legal expenses
A second former City of Rhinelander official has filed a claim seeking payment of legal fees. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Airport Improvements Underway
Workers from Musson Brothers work on framing out a foundation for the improvements to the exit of the parking lot at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Friday, Oct. 8. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Oneida zoning committee moves to rein in town boards, plan commissions
The Oneida County zoning committee last week directed the county zoning department to cease its virtually automatic approval of town board and plan commission conditions placed on administrative review zoning permits, and instructed the department to send a letter to towns reminding them that they have no power to place any conditions on zoning permits, only to advise and recommend to the county. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

City administrator updates council on PRAT revenue, Timber Drive plans
In April 2016 Rhinelander voters authorized a .5 percent tax on tourism-related goods and services. The goal of the PRAT (premiere resort area tax) was to generate revenue to be used to fund local road repair projects. At the time, the PRAT was predicted to generate about $400,000 per year. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Land to be surveyed in the town of Lynne for Oneida County timber harvest
Oneida County will have a professional surveyor assist as the forestry department plans to harvest timber in the town of Lynne. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Camp American Legion welcomes new director
Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk's has a new director. Jim Klement, a 23-year veteran of U.S. military service, has succeeded Don Grundy, who had been the camp's director since 2017. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Finalists announced in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group have announced the Top 4 products moving on in the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. Over 135,000 votes have been cast so far, and the final round of voting will take place from Thursday, Oct. 7 to Thursday, Oct. 14, the contest sponsors said in a press release.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

City gets 'mixed' feedback on Lincoln Street snow removal idea
The City of Rhinelander has received feedback from Lincoln Street property owners regarding snow removal, but there is no clear consensus as to whether the property owners would prefer to clear the sidewalks themselves or pay a special assessment in exchange for the city taking over the chore. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

A Little Touch-Up
Ryan Roeser of the Rhinelander Street Department uses a router as part of a crack sealing project on Lincoln Street Tuesday, Oct, 5, 2021. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

Newbold town hall to undergo further inspection for mold
The Sept. 30 meeting of the Newbold town board was held in the fire station instead of the town hall building.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Class of '61 donation
The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education recently accepted a donation of $6,100 from the Class of "61. The funds are earmarked to support the Hodag Dome.
Friday, October 8, 2021

SDR administration publishes gender equity guidelines
The School District of Rhinelander administrative guidelines covering "student gender support" are now available on the district's website. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

OVTC approves charter revisions, defines performance evaluation process
The Oneida Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) voted on Wednesday, Sept. 29, to approve a revised version of their commission charter. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

Evers's commission submits draft redistricting maps
After more than a year of work, the People's Maps Commission (PMC) appointed by Gov. Tony Evers to draw redistricting maps for the state has released three sets of draft maps for consideration. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

Democrats try again to pass gun legislation
Though they have no chance of succeeding, Wisconsin legislative Democrats have again introduced bills they say are designed to curb gun violence but that opponents say represent unconstitutional gun control. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 8, 2021

Businesses sound alarm over embedded inflation
News analysis

All through the first three quarters of the year, the Biden administration and its economic experts have assured the nation that large inflationary spikes across the economy are temporary, the whoosh of pent-up demand that will soon end like a sigh of satisfaction. (subscriber access)

Friday, October 8, 2021

Winneconne man pleads no contest to OWI homicide in Oneida County, sentencing scheduled for January
A 32-year-old Winneconne man entered a no contest plea Thursday afternoon to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a September 2020 rollover crash on Willow Road in Minocqua that resulted in the death of Colton D. Marx, 28, of Butte des Mortes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

District requiring masks for Crescent students and staff until Oct. 13
With COVID cases on the rise, students and staff at Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander will be required to wear face coverings at least until Oct. 13, district administration advised parents Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Peaceful Paddle
A pair of canoeists took advantage of the great fall weather late last week to go for an early morning trip on the Wisconsin River. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

PFC to interview fire chief candidates today
The City of Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission (PFC) appears poised to select the city's next fire chief. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Watchful Hodag
Members of the Rhinelander High School Marching Band walk past the Hodag Dome after practice Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 under the watchful eyes of their mascot. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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